tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS January 27, 2016 6:30pm-7:00pm EST
>> i've got a $20 bet he'll show up. >> pelley: also tonight, more of our investigation exposing questionable spending by the largest veterans' charity. new cases of zika virus in the united states. and two men, two generations. >> opposite ends of the spectrum. >> pelley: and only one can win. >> it's going to be awesome. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. we open with a bid of one, no trump. the political play of the day by the republican front-runner pulling out of the next presidential debate tomorrow night. if it is a publicity stunt, it's working. but it could also be a risky move. five days before iowa, where donald trump is neck and neck with ted cruz, in the battle for the first votes of campaign 2016. here's maipg. >> they can't toy with me like they toy with everybody else.
and let's see how they do with the ratings. >> reporter: it began with a statement from fox news mocking a future president trump is unable to deal with foreign adversaries and replacing his cabinet with his twitter followers. >> when i see a press release written by a child, like i just saw, i said what do i have to do? >> reporter: trump also objected to fox news moderator megyn kelly. >> you've called women you don't like fat picion, dogs, slobs. >> reporter: but in 2011, trump only had praisefor kelly. >> do you realliness you're a better moderator than i? >> no, i could never beat you. that wouldn't even be close. there would be no contest. you have done a great job, by the way, and i mean it. >> reporter: ted cruz locked in a dead heat with trump called trump's dispute with fox news laughable. >> apparently, megyn kelly is
( laughter ) and, you know, donald is a fragile soul. ( laughter ) you know, if she asks him mine questions, i mean, his hair might stand on end. >> reporter: on twitter, trump replied, rig nighting the controversy of cruz's canadian birth. "ted cruz wants to debate me again," he wrote "can we do it in canada." >> poor little donald being mistreated. >> reporter: jeb bush, trailing in the polls, predicted trump will actually take the stage and try to turn back to the issues. >> we have to have the courage to change medicare. >> reporter: but trump did get support from influential conservative radio host rush limbaugh. >> i got news for you-- he is controlling the media, and it's his objective. he is controlling the media. he controls the media when he's not on it. he controls the media when he is on it. he controls the media when he's asleep. >> reporter: by fox's count, trump has appeared on the
campaign, far more than any of his republican rivals. scott, trump is now challenging the network's well-defined role in the republican nomination conversation, and the network, well aware of the stakes is not backing down. >> pelley: and the trump campaign has just told us he will be hosting an event for veterans at the time of the debate. major garrett for us tonight. major, thank you. now, on the democratic side, bernie sanders took a detour off the campaign trail to check out what he hopes will be his new office, here's nancy cordes. >> god, what a turnout! >> reporter: there are few things that will pull a candidate out of iowa five days before the caucus-- a legitimacy lending meeting with the president is one of them. >> the president and i discussed this morning a number of issues, foreign policy issues, domestic issues, occasionally a little bit of politics. >> reporter: the white house insists the sit-down was in the
meant to balance out the president's lavish praise of clinton in a recent interview. his approval matters, as both candidates vie to win over his supporters. >> you know, before it was called obama care, it was called hillary care. >> reporter: even the sanders slogan, "a future to believe in," looks a lot like mr. obama's "change we can believe in." >> i was a fan of obama from the beginning. >> reporter: kimberley boggus and zoey wagner both live in beaverdale, an iowa town that was so gung-ho for candidate obama it got nicknamed obamadale. when way do you sense beaverdale is going this time? >> you know it's a third of, a third hillary, a third o'malley, and a third sanders. >> reporter: wagner, a high school junior, is a precinct captain for clinton. why do you think the campaign went with someone so young as their precinct captain? >> um-- >> because she's good.
with energy you know and passion for the job. i mean, i believed in her since day one. >> reporter: sanders wasted no time getting back to iowa for an event here in mason city tonight. he said he didn't bother, scott, asking the president for his endorsement because the white house has vowed to stay neutral in the primary. >> pelley: nancy cordes. nancy, thank you very much. now for this question: who should not be president? the pew research center has a new poll tonight. 20% of americans said they'd be less likely to vote for a candidate who used marijuana. 37% don't want a candidate who's had an affair. 41% don't like personal financial troubles. and the number one disqualifier-- 51% said they wouldn't have faith in a candidate who does not believe in god. last night, we broke the story of lavish spending by one of the most prominent charities for
financial records show that compared to similar charities, the wounded warrior project spends a far smaller share of what it takes in on the vets themselves. well, tonight, we have more of our investigation by chip reid and producer jennifer janisch. >> reporter: the nation's most prominent veterans charity is facing criticism from more than 40 former employees about how it spends the more than $800 million it's raised in the past six years. we asked mark owens, a former director of tax-exempt organizations of the i.r.s., to review the wounded warrior project's tax documents. what was your biggest concern in reading these forms? >> that i couldn't tell the number of people that were assisted. i thought that was truly unusual. if the organization is asking for money and spending money purportedly spending money to assist veterans, i'd like to know.
project says 80% of their money is spent on programs for veterans. that's because they include some promotional items-- direct response advertising and shipping and postage costs. take that out, and the figures look more like what charity watchdogs say that only 54% to 60% of donations go to help wounded service members. the c.e.o. has said fund-raising can and should be included in the program and services. your response? >> i would be curious to know how asking people for money eqaits to the assistance of wounded veterans. >> reporter: steven nardizzi has been c.e.o. since 2009. in 2014 he was paid nearly half a million dollars. that's in line with similar-sized charities, but many former employees told us they thought it was too much. nardizzi defended salary to our norfolk affiliate last april.
one-tenth of 1% of the donations that come in. and i am running an organization that is helping hundreds of thousands of warriors. >> reporter: last year, wwp gave $150,000 grant to a group that defends higher spending on overhead, executive salaries and fund-raising by charities. nardizzi says the more money the charity raises, the more money it can spend on veterans. >> if your only fixation is spending the most on programs, that's feeling good but not necessarily doing good. you could run a lot of program activities. you could spend a lot of money and have them be wholly ineffective. >> reporter: but charity watchdog daniel borochoff says his biggest concern is that the group is sitting on a $248 million surplus and not enough of it is being spent on veterans. >> it would be helpful if these hundreds of millions of dollars were being spent to help veterans in the shorter term, in the year or two, rather than being held for longer term.
project told us it is committing $100 million to a new mental health care initiative, and they hope to raise another $500 million for long-term care for severely wounded veterans. but, scott, it could be years before most of that money makes an impact on the lives of wounded servicemembers. >> pelley: chip reid with our cbs news investigation. chip, thanks very much. a lawsuit today is demanding that all the lead pipes in flint, michigan's water system be replaced. at least 100 children there have elevated levels of toxic lead in their blood. the lead came out of pipes for more than a year after flint failed to add standard anticorrosion chemicals to the water. adriana diaz is back in flint tonight. >> now is the time to act, to do things to help the people of flint. >> reporter: michigan governor rick snyder told flint to have faith in his recovery plan, but it will still take months before he knows if the tap water is clean. flint residents have said they
before they drink the water. when is the soonest that one of those lines will be replaced? >> a lot of work it being done to even understand where the lead service lines fully are. >> reporter: for now, anticorrosion chemicals in the water are patching up the protective coating in pipes to help keep the lead out. according to experts, it's working. the state recently tested a sample of roughly 2500 flint homes. 93% had less than the federal limit of 15 parts per billion. 85% registered below 5 p.p.b. but 160 homes still had dangerous levels of lead. professor mark edwards of virginia tech was the first to detect elevated lead levels in the water last summer when state officials tried to discredit him. now the governor has tapped him to help oversee the recovery. edwards says current lead levels are three to four times lower than this summer's highs. so do you think people here are weeks away from being able to drink unfiltered tap water, months?
realistically, you're talking two, two and a half months. >> reporter: until then, flint's 99,000 residents, like rose and dennis richmond, have to drink bottled and filtered warrant as water bills pile up. >> it is not expriet it's not fair. so we'll just have to see what comes of this. >> reporter: as residents depend on bottled water, many are refusing to pay their water bills, and some have joined a class action lawsuit to get their money back. scott, the mayor has requested $3 million from the state to keep the cities now-underfunded water utility afloat. >> pelley: adriana diaz, thanks. a tornado swept through broward county, florida, today. trees came down, roofs tore up, trucks and cars were tossed. florida's turnpike was closed north of fort lawrt daily, but only one injury, and it wasn't serious. in oregon, law enforcement has cut off access to buildings on a
armed antigovernment protesters had been holed up for weeks. last night, when some of the group's leaders were driving to a meeting, police closed in on them, killing one, and arresting the others. carter evans is there. >> reporter: the militia members were on their way to a community event when they were captured during a traffic stop and shots were fired. in all, eight were arrested, including the group's leader, ammon bundy. conservative talk show host pete santilli, who hab embedded with the militia, was live streaming as the confrontation unfolded. >> if a.m.on is in custody, it's over. it's done. >> reporter: authorities say the goal was to apprehend them peacefully. the f.b.i. won't say who shot first, but when it was over, militia spokesman lavoy finicum was dead, and bundy's brother harney was wounded. >> i'm disappointed that a traffic stop yesterday, pfs supposed to bring peaceful resolution to this, ended badly.
we work through the appropriate channels. this can't happen anymore. >> reporter: bundy and his armedded followers, none of them from oregon, took control of the malheur national wildlife refuge on january 2 to protest land ownership by the federal government. since the takeover, federal authorities refused to raid the compound. f.b.i. special agent greg bretzing says they were given ample opportunity to leave peacefully. >> instead, these individuals have chosen to threaten and intimidate the america they profess to love. >> reporter: in nearby burns, some residents feel the protesters have more than overstayed their welcome. are you ready for them to leave? >> i've been ready for them to leave for-- for self weeks. >> reporter: it's estimated that as few as 10 and as many as three dozen militia members are still holed up about 10 miles down the road behind me. and, scott, late today, through his attorney, ammon bundy urged everyone remaining here to
and let the justice system take its course. >> pelley: carter evans at the scene for us. carter, thank you. there was a little more worrying news about the economy today. the federal reserve said that growth began to slow at the end of last year, and so it kept interest rates unchanged today. but that helped send the dow tumbling more than 200 points. another factor, apple, one of the stocks in the dow, fell more than 6.5% because iphone sales have cooled off. new cases of zika virus are turning up in the u.s. washington finds a lot of green under all that white. and new partners in fighting crime when the cbs evening news
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in the womb. those u.s. cases are in people who traveled from south of the border, but dr. jon lapook is look into the likelihood of an outbreak here at home. >> reporter: brazil is fighting the spread of zika virus by trying to control its mosquito population. so far, the zika virus has not been found in any mosquitoes in the u.s., but the types of mosquitoes that could potentially carry the virus are found in this country. in fact, in warmer months, those mosquitoes can be found in regions where 60% of americans live. that's about 200 million people. the zika virus has been linked to a birth defect called microcephaly, where babies are born with small heads. n.y.u. langone's dr. tara shirazian says doctors here are bracing for the likely arrival of the virus. in america, about four million women get pregnant each year. >> out of five women, only one
four don't have symptoms, and may still have been exposed and may still develop microcephaly in their fetuses. and the transmission from the mom to the fetus, we think, is relatively high. >> reporter: nurse practitioner safiyyah okoye is 22 weeks pregnant and has decided not to vacation in the caribbean this year. >> even some of the countries we were considering that weren't on the travel ban list i felt like by the time of our trip in march, it seemed like the list was rapidly growing. >> reporter: today, both united and american airlines issued new policies allowing pregnant women to postpone travel or receive full refunds for flights to zika-affected countries. the common way zika spreads is through mosquito bites, but more research is needed about the risk of transmission through sexual contact and blood transfusion. and, scott, a vaccine could be three to five years away. >> pelley: jon, thanks very much. you probably have a lot of questions about zika virus. well, on our facebook page,
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super bowl history. manning, 39, is the most prolific passer the game has ever seen, but perhaps the least mobile. carolina's cam newton, just 26, is the best running quarterback today. he rushed for more yards than any of his peers-- 636. manning, negative six. is it possible to put into words how different these styles are? >> no. opposite ends of the spectrum. >> reporter: ray lucas played quarterback for four teams during his nfl career. >> when you look at peyton manning, he's the prototypical old-fashioned quarterback. then you flip the script and look at cam newton, this is the new-era quarterback, running and pazzing threat. >> reporter: and the extreme style split extends beyond game plays and age gaps. on the sideline, manning never takes his eyes away from the printouts and looks like he's constantly cramming for the s.a.t.s. hyperemotional, smiling and soaking in every moment like the most rambunctious kid on the playground.
share is stifling defenses. the two best in the nfl. >> picked off by coleman! >> i think this is going to be a defensive match-up. i know people want to see 49, twraet "48 hours." i don't think it's going to be that way. >> reporter: it's going to be fun. >> it's going to be awesome. >> reporter:on one of these two walks away with the ring it's bronco riding his last rodeo, or the young panther, likely on the verge of many more. jeff glor, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: and, of course, you can see super bowl l sunday, february 7, right here on cbs. and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all